7.31.2013

Baby Bubble Shorts {Tutorial}

Growing up, my dad had a helium machine.  My brothers and I used to beg him to fill up balloons for us and then we'd secretly suck the helium out of the balloons until we sounded like Alvin & The Chipmunks.  That doesn't even sound remotely fun to me now.  {Sucking helium now would be like inviting a head ache to come over and stay for dinner.}  Why did we think that was so cool? Because we were kids and anything from whoopee cushions to penny candy was the best thing ever? Probably.

Sometimes, when I didn't suck out the helium, my Dad would take us outside and we'd let our balloons go.  We'd watch until they'd become tiny dots in the sky.  I loved it.  So much so that last year, when Lila accidentally let a balloon slip out of her hand, I thought she would enjoy watching her balloon go up in the sky.  She didn't.  She cried and cried and didn't forget about it.  She talked about it so much that about a month later, I made her tell the story to get it out of her little two year old system.
And then she wanted a sucker.  Typical.  :)

Anyway, these shorts remind me of balloons.  And bubbles. {Hence the name}  Madelyn, our little 10 months old squish, needed some summer shorts in a big way.  I'm trying to use up my random fabric stash, so I was happy to oblige.

What you need:

  • about 1/4 of a yard of cotton fabric
  • coordinating thread
  • One 3/4'' elastic {About 9 inches}
  • Elastic thread


I took a pair of existing shorts
 and because I was using cotton instead of knit, I added a couple inches all around.
 I cute four pieces.  Two front {right and left} and two back {right and left}
 Now turn those right sides together.
 And sew and finish seams {unless you serge it}
 *optional: Now press the excess over to one side
*optional: And top stitch on the right side.  Do the same with the other, only press the excess fabric to the opposite side so that the top-stitches are coordinated on the same side {make sense?}
Now take the front and the back peice and put them right sides together and sew on both sides and down the middle {where I've marked and and where the pins are}  Be sure to finish your seams with a zigzag}

 Now turn it inside out and press.
 *optional: topstictch both sides and down the middle where you just sewed
Ok.  Now you get to make a casing for your elastic.  {Note: I did a flat front for this, but if I make them again, I'll just do a full elastic waistband.  It stays on a baby waist more efficiently} Fold your fabric 1/4'' to the wrong side.  Then 1/2'' more towards the wrong side.
 And stitch {only around the back if you're making a flat front}
 I used a 3/4'' elastic that was about 8-9 inches long {double that if you're doing a full wasitband}
 Feed the elastic through with a safety pin.
 Until it's all the way through.
 Finish off casing.  Stitch elastic in place for a flat front.
 And now you have a flat front.  {Again, for a baby, I would make a full casing instead}
 Now hem the bottom of the pants by folding the fabric inward 1/4'' twice.
 And sew.
 So that it looks like this on the right side:
 Now change out your normal bobbin for your elastic thread bobbin.  And start shirring about 1/4'' above your hemline.  Then once more 1/4'' above that.  
 When you're done, it should look like this:
 You might notice that the elastic is pretty loose and doesn't pull much.  You can fix this by squirting a little water on the elastic thread and pressing it on your iron's highest setting.
 And it should come together and have more pull.  
 And now you have a pair of baby bubble pants!  Hip hip!
Perfect for a baby on the go.
 Hope your day is rockin'.

7.25.2013

Sunglasses Onesie

I almost forgot about this onesie when I posted this one a while back.  I saw this originally here, and made a freezer paper version of my own.
Just follow this process. 
It's super simple, goes with this mustache beanie, and makes for an easy baby gift!  
Have a great day!

7.23.2013

Anthro Knock-Off Shirt

Right now, I'm sitting next to Ezra.  He's in his Cars PJ's with his head in his hands.  Bedtime has come and gone, but he must've missed the memo.  Every minute or so he pops up, looks at me with his thick lashes and baby blues and and asks, "Chips, Mom?"  I say, "Nope. Bedtime?"  To which he furrows his brow and grunts, "Nope." And puts his face back in his hands.  And so it goes.  The eternal bedtime struggle.

So anyway, back to business.  Anthro.  Anthro-knock off.  Do you know how cool I feel when I type anthro knock-off?  Pretty cool.  Because what is cooler than spending $3 instead of $58? A tight wad can't really ask for more. So, what's the legality of stealing ideas from anthro?  Does anthropology have a lawyer whose job is to peruse Pinterest and the blogosphere looking for people to sue?  Because that lawyer has got to be making bank.  I guess I'll take my chances because chances are if I get sued, I would be paying less for the lawsuit than I would for the shirt.  :)  Hopefully, all is fair in creativity and anthro.

So here's the shirt that I liked.

And here's my take:  
{FYI: I've seen versions of this shirt made with different fabric, but I used a stretchy knit for the front and a light weight see through-ish fabric for the back.}

And here's the front view.  It looks a bit wonky on the hanger, but it fits better than it looks.  :)
I took a long sleeved shirt from Old Navy that I got on clearance.
Did I mention it was dirt cheap.  {I love a good deal and I'll get nice and tacky by bragging about it}
 So put down a shirt that you like.
 And cut just below {allowing room for hemming later.}
 Put your alternating fabric where you want it. {I started with a little less than half a yard and didn't quite use it all.}
 Pull both sides toward the middle, creating a pleat.  Then cut the side corners to match the sleeves.
 Cut down the side.  You can cut the bottom to your desired length.  {I did this later, but I'd but that's sort of because I forgot.  :)
 Now mark the top of your alternating fabric with a fabric pen or pins.
 Then pull the fabric off and cut the back of the shirt off.  Start on one side.
Go around the sleeves and then across and down the other side.
 And remove the back.
 Now with right sides together pin top section {with your pleat first}
 Then tuck the rest of your alternating fabric around
 and pin on the sides {still r.s.t.}
 Then carefully sew.
 I did a straight stitch then reinforced with a small zig zag.
 At this point I cut the bottom of my fabric.  {If you did this before, then don't worry 'bout it.}
 Now hem the bottom of your alternating fabric.
And press.
It's actually helpful to press all of your seams at this point.  
Now for the pocket.  Cut a square {I think mine was 4x5} and finish the edge.
Then fold over and press.
You'll want to fold the top over twice and sew across.
Then pin and sew onto your shirt.
Then go ahead and hem your sleeves if desired.
I used a double needle for mine.  {If I were to do this again, I wouldn't fold the hem twice before I sewed.  It's knit so it wasn't necessary and it made it a bit bulky.  So just fold over once or not at all to avoid that.}
And that's it.  
I guess I'd better hit the road.  Ezra has changed his tactics and is now trying to get on my lap.
Thanks for reading!
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